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Catering menu: canapés

Pre-dinner canapé options

Minimum 20 people.

Start off your event with a selection of our delicious canapés from the menu below.

Choose three items for a ½ hour service duration at $17 per person or three items for 1 hour service duration at $19.50 per person. Please note, this option is available only if dinner service is also held at Te Papa.

Canapé options (without dinner):

Package A, $25 pp | Four items for 1 hour

Package B, $27 pp | Four items for 1½ hours

Package C, $29 pp | Four items for 2 hours

Package D, $32 pp | Four items for 2½ hours 

Additional items are an extra $3.70 per canapé.

We recommend a minimum of 6 items for canapé receptions over 120 people. For longer durations please enquire.

Fresh oysters


Fresh oysters with caviar, grapefruit, and yuzu gel


Chilled items

  • Fresh oysters with caviar, grapefruit, and yuzu gel (GF) (DF)
  • Pear butter, walnut, and blue cheese blinis (V)
  • Rare beef with horseradish cream and Granny Smith sticks (GF)
  • Crab, chilli, avocado, and mango on savoury cups (DF)
  • Seared rare beef on cannellini bean puree and crispy shallots (GF)
  • Bruschetta with pesto, semi-dried tomato, and feta (V)
  • Basil tiger prawns on cauliflower mousseline and cucumber on tostada
  • Smoked salmon and red capsicum mousse on pickled cucumber disk (GF)
  • Pear, pine nut and blue cheese tart with beetroot relish (V)
  • Puri with dates, avocado, and chickpea potato mix (VG)
  • Fresh South Island salmon on Thai salsa (GF) (DF)
  • Walnut, feta, and herb marbles on melon squares (GF) (V)
  • Lamb fillet and beetroot hummus on crostini (DF)
  • Antipasto skewers (GF)
  • Manuka smoked duck on plum relish (GF) (DF)
  • Fresh groper salad with lychee, chilli, lime, and coconut (GF) (DF)
Lamb kofta


Lamb kofta with mint yoghurt

Hot items

  • Paella arancini balls with sofrito sauce (V)
  • Butternut fritters, pea puree, and semi-dried tomato (GF) (V)
  • Okonomiyaki – mini Japanese savoury pancake (V)
  • Harissa aubergine fritters with spicy tomato chutney (GF) (VG)
  • Chilli con carne with avocado mousse on tart shells (V) (DF)
  • Falafel bites with beetroot hummus (GF) (VG)
  • Mexican beef filo triangles with homemade yoghurt dressing
  • Lamb kofta with mint yoghurt (GF)
  • Pan seared scallops on almond skordalia and watercress oil (GF)
  • Manchurian fritters (GF) (VG)
  • Tempura scallops on Asian slaw (GF) (DF)
  • Prawn and chorizo bites (GF) (DF)

Substantial canapés

  • Pork belly, hoisin, pickled cucumber, Gua Bao bun
  • Tempura chicken tenders, Sriracha mayo
  • Mexican grilled fish slider with smoked paprika aioli
  • Spicy prawn quesadillas, avocado crème fraîche
  • Spiced vegetable parcels with mint yoghurt (V)
  • Broadbean chickpea slider, pumpkin hummus, tomato relish (V)

Sweet items

  • Banoffee pie shots (V)
  • Lime cheesecake with raspberry
  • Frangelico chocolate truffles (GF)
  • Baklava cups (V)
  • White chocolate and almond cake (GF) (V)

* Prices are per person and are exclusive of GST. Selections and prices are subject to availability and list changes.

Dairy Free – DF

Gluten Free – GF

Vegetarian – V

Vegan – VG